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Lillibridge Quits Burton Council Over New Member’s Appointment
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She stormed out of the room, citing a "good old boy network" before leaving

Burton Village Council played an uncommon version of musical chairs Monday when the appointment of a new council member apparently precipitated the resignation of another.

Council voted 3-1 to appoint Jennell Dahlhausen, with Councilwoman Linda Swaney abstaining and Councilwoman Dianne Lillibridge voting against the measure.

Lillibridge then resigned her post abruptly, claiming it was a “good old boy network” before leaving the room.

Dahlhausen, who works as an administrative assistant at South Russell Village, was chosen to replace Brian Johnston, who resigned from council earlier this month to fill a Geauga Park District commissioner seat.

Mayor Nick Fischbach swore Dahlhausen in.

After the meeting, Lillibridge said by phone she simply was “fed up” with the process and declined further comment.

Dahlhausen left her position at Burton Village and went to work for South Russell in the spring.

At Burton Village, her titles included deputy administrative assistant, income tax administrator, Welton Cemetery clerk, planning commission clerk, board of zoning appeals clerk, and water and sewer clerk.

Fiscal Officer Chris Paquette said Tuesday he and Lenore Pikus, village deputy administrative assistant, have split those duties between them.

He also said Lillibridge handed him a hand-written note of resignation on her way out the door Monday evening.

Fischbach directed him to advertise for a replacement for Lillibridge, Paquette said.

Later in the meeting, the mayor told council he recently met with the village’s board of public affairs, which controls water-and sewer-related issues with the village, about the possibility of running a water line from the village westward to Punderson State Park in Newbury Township.

The water line, which would span 22,000 feet, would benefit the state park and also provide funds to the village.

“I got a call from the state engineer and Punderson wants to possibly buy our water,” Fischbach said. “Their wells are old and they don’t want the expense of drilling new ones.”

He said the park system wanted to connect to the Geauga County water system, but it was too far. Burton Village, roughly three miles east of the park, is a solution, after state officials found out about the village’s aquifer.

“The state official wanted to know if we’d sell water to the state,” the mayor added. “They’d put in the line, possibly, and they’d pay for the cost.”

He added the BPA is interested and noted the line, if installed, is a gravity-feed line. The cost would total roughly $3 million, although the mayor said anyone along the line could tie into the system.

The mayor also discussed with the state official briefly the idea of tying into the village’s sewer system, but said further discussion would have to take place with Village Engineer George “Chip” Hess.

The park would need to use 75,000 gallons of water a day, most of which comes from users at the hotel manor, cabins and campgrounds.

In other news, council voted Jim Koster in as the newest village Board of Public Affairs member, although he was not present.

Hess said the Rapids Road project is slated for completion by the middle of August. Curbs are in and asphalt paving will take place within a week.

“We’re gaining on it,” Hess said.


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